RE: Language Tagging And Unicode

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 17:47:34 EST

At 02:22 PM 20-01-00 -0800, Chris Pratley wrote:

>But regarding the topic du jour (Serbian vs. Russian glyphs in fonts), it is
>more likely that we would work on getting a new language (e.g. Khmer or
>Yoruba) to function in the apps before going back and adding the nicety of
>language-selectable glyphs from a single font. Currently the Serbian-Russian
>problem (just like the CJK problem) can be worked around by using a Serbian
>font rather than a Russian one, so that lessens the urgency of that problem
>relative to being unable to use Khmer at all (in a Unicode way - I know
>there are hacks to support Khmer but these have big interop problems)

If the one hand of Microsoft knows what the other hand of Microsoft is
doing, it should be possible to add 'the nicety of language selectable
glyph from a single font' simply by supporting the registered OpenType
layout feature /locl/.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

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